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Sgurr an Lochain


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1004 m (3293 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
131 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Rocky peak of the little loch

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Sgurr an Lochain is one of the 7 Munros on the 14km South Glen Sheil Ridge. The ridge has steep slopes to the S and is very craggy with many corries to the N.

The traverse of the ridge follows the scalloped rims of the corries between peaks. The ridge may be climbed in two sections E and W but individual peaks are not easily accessed and do not require individual descriptions.

Sgurr an Lochain in the W section is linked to Sgurr an Doire Leathain to the SE and Creag nan Damh to the NW.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr an Lochain include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

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North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Sgurr an Lochain Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr an Lochain.

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 Routes that include Sgurr an Lochain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1785 m 18.30 km 7 hrs Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain and Creag nan Damh  This is the west section of the South Glen Shiel Ridge. It is possible to traverse the whole ridge on a long summer day.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr an Lochain

 Baggers Gallery for Sgurr an Lochain

Top of Sgurr an Lochain 06.07.12.

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Me and Karl, 2/7...28,5,12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Sgurr an Lochain Apr'12

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Me on summit 2/7 - Lisa has been ribbing me endlessly over this picture. Disco diva pose circa 1978...

© Victoria Sheriff

Image by Victoria Sheriff
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Recently Climbed By
Norman Woolhouse on 28 Sep 2018
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Brian Williams on 14 May 2018
Fiona Reid on 29 Apr 2018

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Post a few words about Sgurr an Lochain or read what others have had to say.

John Gilchrist
wrote on
May 6, 2011
Sadly, even the old tree trunk has now almost rotted away. Prepare to paddle!
Ben Dolphin
wrote on
May 15, 2007
If you're not tackling the whole ridge and are planning to use the bridge at the foot of Druim a Choire Reidh to access Sgurr an Lochain, it's useful to know that said bridge has long since disintegrated. A rather fetching (and thin) old tree trunk is now in its place.
Heather Turner
wrote on
July 25, 2006
The view to Sgurr Beag and Creag nan Damh from this munro was a particular highlight of walking the south glenshiel ridge.
Phil Scott
wrote on
June 11, 2003
Climbed this mountain as part of day walk along the South Glen Shiel ridge. The walk is excellent and views over Knoydart to the south and the north Cluanie ridge are well worth waiting for a fine day. Out of the 7 Munros this is my favourite especially when viewed from Sgurr an Doire Leathain.

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